Happy Holidays from TPM

Happy Holidays from TPM


We would like to wish everyone the happiest of Holidays and the very best for a New Year filled with peace and joy, happiness and good health and every other good wish for YOU, our fantastic friends!

2018 was an amazing year with the World Premiere of  Patrick Friesen’s A Short History of Crazy Bone, the first ever Interlake Chautauqua Tour and Stephen Massicotte’s beautiful drama, Mary’s Wedding!

2018 Collaged


A few special nods to our community:

We congratulate Patrick Friesen on his Evie Award for Best New Work and celebrate the entire team led by director Andraea Sartison, choreographer Tanja Woloshen and  the incomparable Tracey Nepinak, as Crazy Bone.

The Interlake Chautauqua Fundraiser on May 3rd launched us up Highways 6, 7 and 8 with The Interlake Chautauqua Tour! Thank you to all our community partners for opening their hearts and homes to our merry band of artists! We look forward to sharing more from our adventures at our April  30th Salon -Save the Date!

The culmination of 18 months of work, the Chautauqua tour included everything from perogy and vinarterta workshops, a Historical Art Tour through New Iceland, over 150 hours of theatre workshops for children and youth, and three screenings of Andy Blicq’s documentary, A Song for John Ramsay with special guests Scott Nolan and William Prince were held in Riverton and Peguis. Mary’s Wedding was performed in high schools and community halls across the region and Salons were held in greenhouses, bars, halls, and a big boisterous kitchen party rocked the Arborg Legion! Dances for teens and seniors were hosted with the Country Pride band. (PLUS Andraea was 7 months pregnant when she started the tour… we’re happy to have now welcomed the newest member of TPM!)

As the year drew to a close, Grant Guy conducted a sold out Object Theatre Workshop which included visiting artists from Théâtre de la Pire Espèce and a special performance of their show Ubu on the Table. Thanks to our partners at Théâtre Cercle Moliere for making this cultural exchange possible.

Finally, our hearty thanks to the Goodwill Social Club for hosting our Salons. Good cheer and warm hugs to our volunteers for all their enthusiastic help. And a special shout out to Debbie Patterson, Grant Guy, Gislina Patterson, Zorya Arrow and Prairie Fire for partnering on the salon programming in 2018.  Salons in the New Year to be held on January 29th, February 26th and April 30th!

We want to thank you for all of your support and love – we really appreciate each and every one of you! Not to mention, a huge heartfelt thanks to this year’s partners & generous sponsors!

With love,

TPM Staff – Ardith, Andraea, Rea, Ian and Corinne

TPM Board – Clay, Janet, Bill, Carolyn, Ray, Lisa, Justin and Chris!

Photo credit – Dylan Hewlett –  A Short History of Crazy Bone

Linda Beech – Set Design, Itai Erdal – Lighting Design, jaymez – Sound Design, Claire Thérèse Friesen – Costume Design
Ensemble – David Arial, Zorya Arrow, Arne MacPherson, Tracy Penner, Tracey Nepinak

Photo credit – Duncan McNairnay – Mary’s Wedding

Featuring Justin Fry and Sarah Flynn
Set Design by Rebekah A.M. Enns, Costume Design by Joseph Abetria, Lighting Design by Adam Parboosingh, Sound Design by Matthew Waddell, Composition by Scott Nolan

Photo credit –  Chris Sousa – Interlake Chautauqua – Featuring Claire Friesen